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Phishing..beware!

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by pooja, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. pooja

    pooja New IL'ite

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    We all get emails that look genuine and appear to come up from firms like ebay, Paypal, citibank etc. But they are actually scams that entice us to provide sensitive financial information. Here are some tips to keep us safe...

    DON'T GET HOOKED

    There are a lot of esoteric variations on phishing schemes, and new flavors are emerging all the time. But here are some tips for basic safety:
    • Don't respond to e-mails asking for personal or financial information -- passwords, account numbers, Social Security numbers, and the like.
    • Don't click on links in emails from financial institutions and other organizations that have your personal information, and don't paste those links into your browser. Weaknesses in the technical underpinnings of the Internet can let phishers redirect you to fake sites, and just visiting suspect sites could subject you to attempts to put malicious programs -- called "crimeware" -- on your PC.
    • Don't taunt phishers by following their links and giving them false information -- a visit to a fake site can trigger a "drive-by download" of crimeware.
    • Don't download or open files attached to emails purporting to be from financial institutions, eBay, Paypal, and the like.
    • Don't trust phone numbers in emails. These can be faked, too.
    Basically, if email from a financial institution or organization that has your personal information does anything other than inform, don't trust it. We hate to say that, because such email communications are supposed to make life easier. But until basic flaws with email and the Web are fixed, it's not worth the risk. Enough don'ts. What should you do?
    • If you think a communication requiring you to take action might be legitimate, type in the organization's Web address yourself from a new browser or call. Again, don't copy the Web address from the email or trust a phone number supplied by it.
    • Send emails you think might be phishing to reportphishing@antiphishing.org and to the organization mentioned in the phishing email. Most organizations also offer an email address, such as spoof@ebay.com, that you can write to.
    • Make sure your Internet connection is protected by a firewall, your PC is protected by antivirus software, and run antispyware software periodically to check for malicious programs on your machine.








     
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  2. eswarireddy

    eswarireddy New IL'ite

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    I would like to add few more things..
    • Everyone loves music but be aware not to download songs from any site you are not sure of. besten* * * * *nt is one of those sites from where i downloaded many songs and finally one of my laptops OS crashed.
    • There are few more sites where by just visiting those sites some software gets downloaded automatically into your system.
    • We should never neglect in updating our antivirus software often.
    • Alwaysss one should constantly keep deleting temporary internet files folder contents. This will clear off all the cookies , adons stored on ur system by various sites.
    • Never Leave your system with expired antivirus software.
    • avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software is someting from where we can download antivirus for free and its genuine. Norton is the best antivirus but it slows down our sytem performance to some extent.
    I dont know what kind of pleasure those people get by letting our systems crash!
    Be Careful fnds, Happy browsing.
     

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